Kızılçullu (Paradiso) Aqueducts are one of the first examples that come to mind when they are called aqueducts with their imposing appearance in Izmir.
The structure, which consists of two aqueducts built in the southeast-northwest direction, located at the entrance of Buca from the Konak and Karabağlar direction, is among the oldest historical structures of Buca as structures that have managed to be preserved until today.
The arches, which took an important role in the transportation of Kangölü water resources, which come from 2 separate springs at an altitude of 170 meters in the Kaynaklar region of Buca, in the Dereköy area, to İzmir, were built to transfer the water that follows 8 km from the source point to the city via the Meles Stream.
Aqueducts built during the Roman Empire between 133 BC and 295 AD are also known as Akvaduk Aqueducts. The aqueducts, which were built in two rows to regulate the flow of water coming to İzmir, were actively used during the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine), Seljuk and Ottoman periods.
The Kızılçullu Aqueducts, which have survived to the present day due to the use of wide egg whites during their construction, welcomes visitors entering the district at the entrance of Buca in the direction of Şirinyer.
Throughout history, the recreation areas around the Meles Stream and the aqueducts, which have witnessed important experiences in the social and commercial life of the city, are two-storeyed when following the western slope, and a 3-storey settlement is seen in the part where it descends to the creek bed in the east.
While the 14 arches on the upper floor are considered to be the most impressive feature of the aqueduct, this feature is also accepted as the form that distinguishes the aqueduct from the aqueducts of similar periods.
In the old plans and drawings, it can be seen that the water source passing over the Kızılçullu Aqueduct continues in the northeast direction after reaching the western shore of Yeşildere at an altitude of approximately 60 meters. The waterline follows Zafertepe and then the eastern slope of the 2nd Kadriye District and ends at a point between Ballıkuyu and Kubilay districts with a wide arc.
Where is Kızılçullu (Paradiso) Aqueducts ? 📍
How to get to Kızılçullu (Paradiso) Aqueducts ? 🚖
It can be reached to Kızılçullu (Paradiso) Aqueducts after a 5-minute walk by getting off at NATO bus stop numbered 40002 with ESHOT buses numbered 72, 104, 285, 374, 465, 470, 490, 515 and 940.
To experience the unique view of Kızılçullu Aqueducts, you can park your car on 5730 Street by entering the direction of Üçyol from Karabağlar Yeşillik Street.